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Badgers (the animal)

Postby Dust Mite Rodeo » Sat Jul 31, 2010 5:59 pm

In all my years of living and hiking in Wisconsin, I've seen just about every creature claimed to be endemic to the area. But I've never seen an actual badger.

Ever?

Also, skinks (our only lizard), elude me.
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Re: Badgers (the animal)

Postby Average Joe » Sat Jul 31, 2010 6:18 pm

We used to have badgers 'round these parts, but the raccoons roughed them up and chased them all away.
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Re: Badgers (the animal)

Postby gargantua » Sat Jul 31, 2010 6:43 pm

Badgers? We don't need no steenking Badgers!
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Re: Badgers (the animal)

Postby jackisonian » Sun Aug 01, 2010 12:15 am

Skinks I have seen in my youth in Muscoda in the pines area near the river. Wisconsin's desert zone. A hot summer day would a good time to see them too.
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Re: Badgers (the animal)

Postby rabble » Sun Aug 01, 2010 11:26 am

I've hiked all over the woods in the Tomah/Black River/ Wilton/Kendal area, bow and gun deer hunting, and never seen one either. Didn't see much deer either, but that's beside the point.

The point is, based on stories I've heard other hunters and woodcutters tell about disturbing a badger, you and I are probably lucky. From what they say, it's very difficult to see one unless it's pissed off and coming your way.
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Re: Badgers (the animal)

Postby snoqueen » Sun Aug 01, 2010 11:41 am

jackisonian wrote:Skinks I have seen
in my youth in Muscoda
in the pines near the river.
Wisconsin's desert zone.
A hot summer day
would a good time
to see them too.


Found poetry. I edited out one word.
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Re: Badgers (the animal)

Postby Marvell » Mon Aug 02, 2010 10:44 am

I saw some honest-to-god badger tracks once, but they were in the Scottish Highlands.
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Re: Badgers (the animal)

Postby Kyle Motor » Mon Aug 02, 2010 11:09 am

I've seen badgers a couple of times, although the sightings were fleeting and far between. Even if they're around, they're hard to spot because they are so low to the ground, so if there's brush or it's grassy, you're probably not going to spot it.
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Re: Badgers (the animal)

Postby jman111 » Mon Aug 02, 2010 11:10 am

Have yet to see a badger, but I did watch a wolverine scavenging for a few minutes while I was deer hunting near Minocqua several years ago. Very few believe my story, but I know what I saw....
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Re: Badgers (the animal)

Postby clyde » Mon Aug 02, 2010 12:13 pm

I saw a badger run across the country road I lived on near Monroe, WI in 2004. Never before, never since. He was HUGE.
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Re: Badgers (the animal)

Postby rabble » Mon Aug 02, 2010 7:02 pm

I think it's worth mentioning that if one really wants to see a badger there's one wandering up and down his little home at the zoo, by the buffalo and prairie dog pens.
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Re: Badgers (the animal)

Postby Dust Mite Rodeo » Tue Aug 03, 2010 6:55 am

While it would be nice to visit Mr. Badger at the zoo, it doesn't count as a sighting if it isn't in the natural habitat.
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Re: Badgers (the animal)

Postby jackisonian » Fri Aug 03, 2012 3:59 pm

I spotted a Five Lined Skink http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eumeces_fasciatus again this year! At Lake Wazee in Black River Falls on one of those hot July days this summer. I might suggest a little outdoor woopee may attract them. We saw her with her bright blue tail right after our back to nature action, it was amazing. Some how in the same five minute span we saw the greenest snake http://dnr.wi.gov/eek/critter/reptile/smoothgreensnake.htm I have ever seen in Wisconsin. I blame the pheromones in the air. I am glad we didn't attract a black bear.
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Re: Badgers (the animal)

Postby Detritus » Fri Aug 03, 2012 4:19 pm

Saw a full-grown porcupine lumbering through the woods in Door County a few years ago. That thing was humongous--easily the size of a large dog.

Also a sasquatch, but that's another story.
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Re: Badgers (the animal)

Postby Dust Mite Rodeo » Fri Aug 03, 2012 5:44 pm

Had a nice otter sighting last weekend near Tomahawk. Hadn't seen otters in WI since, oh, late 70's or so.
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